The Rail Runner Express makes it easy to speed between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
A lot is happening in this southwestern art mecca in the coming months.
- For the first time, the renowned SOFA (Sculptural Objects & Functional Art) show comes to town June 11-14. The prestigious expo, also held in New York and Chicago, features wood, glass, ceramic, metal and fiber art. Eye-popping works by artists like Californian Latchezar Boyadjiev (whose Torso IV is at right) are on view. SOFA WEST is a real coup for the City Different.
- Controversial and contemporary, paintings by the legendary Native American artist Fritz Scholder are on exhibit at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum through June 7.
- Under construction since 2006, the New Mexico History Museum is finally set to open May 24. Among the presentations are displays on the state’s art communities.
- In a show opening May 22, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum features a selection of seldom-seen O’Keeffe works inspired by her travels outside the United States.
- Meanwhile, the thriving Railyard District continues to grow with galleries like Zane Bennett Contemporary Art opening up there late last year. This gives downtown Santa Fe a third vibrant gallery hub in addition to the plaza area and Canyon Road. Also, the historic district is the home for the new Rail Runner Express. Since December, the sleek train has run between Albuquerque and Santa Fe with beautiful mountain views coming and going.